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November 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind held off stiff competition from 20th Century Fox’s Unstoppable over the weekend as it drew an estimated $30.1 million, representing a 35-percent drop from the previous week, bringing its ten-day total to $89.8 million. Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, pulled up with $23.5 million, in line with forecasts. Two other new films came in at the low end of forecasts. Paramount’s Morning Glory, starring Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton, earned around $9.6 million ($12.2 million if receipts from last Wednesday are included). It was edged out by the extraterrestrial-invasion flick Skyline, which came in at $11.7 million. Surprising many box-office seers, Due Date dropped 52-percent — well below their predictions — earning $15.5 million in its second week. Still, that figure was good enough to place it third in the weekly rankings. Meanwhile, the critically praised 127 Hours, starring James Franco, expanded to 22 theaters over the weekend and earned $453,104 — or a solid $20,596 per theater. While there was no further word about people fainting or fleeing the theater during the intense self-amputation scene in the movie, it would seem that the earlier reports about such incidents have not discouraged moviegoers from packing theaters to see the Danny Boyle-directed film, which is already being touted as an Oscar contender.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Megamind, $30.1 million, 2. Unstoppable, $23.5 million, 3. Due Date, $15.5 million, 4. Skyline, $11.7 million, 5. Morning Glory, $9.6 million, 6. RED, $7.5 million, 7. For Colored Girls, $6.8 million, 8. Paranormal Activity 2, $3.1 million, 9. Saw 3D, $2.8 million, 10. Jackass 3D, $2.3 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films:

1. Megamind, $29,120,461
2. Unstoppable, $22,688,457
3 Due Date, $15,419,042
4 Skyline, $11,692,415
5. Morning Glory, $9,203,266